Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck (1941)

Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck

From the 1941 John Day edition of Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck. “Marriage is so profound an experience,” William Wrote to his grown daughter, “I should be sorry if you missed it. It takes place sometimes between two who are unsuited, but it is profound.”

Surely no two could have seemed less suited than he and Ruth — he a sensitive artist, son of a rich and proud family, widely traveled, cosmopolitan, and she the unlettered daughter daughter of a farmer. She could never come into his world, and he came into hers — giving up, for their deep love, his family and fame and almost all else he had known.

Yet at the end of nearly fifty years he could think, with gratitude to her, how rich his life had been, how little he had lost to gain happiness.

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This story of the marriage of a couple so unlike one another tells also of the curious exchange of traits — his beauty in this child, his ranging mind in that one, her strength here, his delicate touch there — and in a grandchild the sudden thrust of his genius.

Always in Pearl Buck’s novels the people quickly become far more important than the setting or the period, and perhaps this is why critics so often apply to here themes the term “universal.” But it is interesting that the scene of Portrait of a Marriage is the Pennsylvania countryside in which she lived for many years.

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2 Responses to “Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck (1941)”

  1. Had read this novel around 52 years ago and since then always missed my copy having misplaced it. I, now, very much wish to read it a couple of times. Can you suggest where from may I have another copy of this dear book? Even a pdf will do! Thank you 😊! I am now 86 not active as before. Do help.

    • Hello — I don’t know what country you’re writing from, but probably the easiest would be to explore your country’s Amazon. Amazon US has it in several formats (https://amzn.to/3iaptsB), including Kindle, which you can download and read on your device right away (you don’t actually need a Kindle), plus many used copies. It’s possible that ABE books and eBay may have copies as well. You’re right, it’s a lovely book — I’ve read it. Thank you for your comment!

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